Updated 1/11/18
Our holiday cottage is called Les Vendangeurs which means The Grape Pickers’ Cottage. Wine does feature significantly in this area but there are other things to do whilst guests are with us.  This page gives a flavour of some of those things or perhaps just sit on the cottage terrace and watch the sun go down, maybe with a glass of something nearby! For more information on our area click the button for Bordeaux Wine Country above - it is worthwhile!  
See the sunsets from the terrace of our holiday cottage near to Saint Emilion
Saint Emilion is less than 15 minutes away, is a city with a history going back over one thousand years. One can meander though ancient streets and stop for a glass or two of the local wine, visit an underground church, about one thousand years old, or have a formal wine tasting.  Perhaps climb to the top of a church tower, take a deep breath, and admire the fantastic views. Restaurants abound to cater for all budgets.  Just walk or cycle outside the city walls and even in high season you will have most of the countryside to yourself.
Bordeaux is just 45 minutes away.  It is a city full of wonderful buildings with an amazing history.   The central part of Bordeaux is quite beautiful and is a city that one can walk or cycle around, using the city's bikes, or one can hop on or off modern trams. The skyline, of central Bordeaux, is mainly 18th century but there are buildings and churches going back to the middle ages. A safe city where one can meander, visit historical sites or carry out some serious shopping or people watching.
Normally protective headgear is worn when cycling but the guy on the left was just having a lunch!  However cycling here is safe and especially so on the cycle track which is just two kilometres away.  One can cycle northwards past Bordeaux to the coast and a fair way south of us.  The local roads are pretty safe as well as motorists are very aware of cyclists. There are ups and downs to add to the fun but electric bilkes can be hired!   The photo on the left was actually taken at a medieval lunch taken in the open in the town square of a ‘Bastide’ town, a town created by the English at the start of the fourteenth century, so all quite apposite.
Each side of this text are photos of two of the many wonderful chateaux in the Medoc. The chateaux in the Medoc, the left bank, are typically much grander than the chateaux of Saint Emilion and those around us. To drive along the ‘route de vins’ is to enter into a different world of ‘little’ palaces seemingly competing with one another in grandeur. The wine is quite different to the wine of Saint Emilion, both in taste and price.
West of Bordeaux, on the coast, there is the Dune de Pilat, apparently the largest sand dune in Europe.  People do climb it and come back to tell the tale!  Arcachon is the most famous coastal town in the area.  It is loved by the French and many foreign visitors.  It dates from the middle of the 19th century when the railway arrived and was built as a holiday resort.  Much of the architecture dates from this time and is of a style that is true to its time. We prefer to stop and eat oysters in Gujan Mestras, an authentic fishing village, a little closer to Bordeaux, see right.  Much quieter and no climbing is required!
Updated 1/11/18
Our holiday cottage is called Les Vendangeurs which means The Grape Pickers’ Cottage.  Wine does feature somewhat in this area but there are other things to do while guests are with us.  This page gives a flavour of some of those things or perhaps just sit on the cottage terrace and watch the sun go down, maybe with a glass of something nearby!  
Saint Emilion, above, is less than 15 minutes away, is a city with a history going back over one thousand years.  One can meander though ancient streets and stop for a glass or two of the local wine, visit an underground church, about one thousand years old, or have a formal wine tasting.  Restaurants abound to cater for all budgets.  Just walk or cycle outside the city walls and even in high season you will have most of the countryside to yourself.
Bordeaux, above, is just 45 minutes away.  It is a city full of wonderful buildings with an amazing history.  The central part of Bordeaux is quite beautiful and is a city that one can walk or cycle around, using the city's bikes, or one can hop on or off modern trams. The skyline, of central Bordeaux, is mainly 18th century but there are buildings and churches going back to the middle ages. A safe city where one can meander, visit historical sites or carry out some serious shopping or people watching.
Normally protective headgear is worn when cycling but the guy above was just having a lunch!  However cycling here is safe and especially so on the cycle track which is just two kilometres away.  One can cycle northwards past Bordeaux to the coast and a fair way south of us.  The local roads are pretty safe as well as motorists are very aware of cyclists. There are ups and downs to add to the fun but electric bilkes can be hired! The photo above was actually taken at a medieval lunch taken in the open in the town square of a ‘Bastide’ town, a town created by the English at the start of the fourteenth century, so all quite apposite.
Above is a photo of one of the many wonderful chateaux in the Medoc.  The chateaux there are typically much grander than the chateaux of Saint Emilion and those around us.  To drive along the ‘route de vins’ is to enter into a different world of ‘little’ palaces seemingly competing with one another in grandeur.  The wine is quite different to the wine of Saint Emilion, both in taste and price.
West of Bordeaux, on the coast, there is the Dune de Pilat, apparently the largest sand dune in Europe.  People do climb it and come back to tell the tale! Arcachon is the most famous coastal town in the area.  It is loved by the French and many foreign visitors.  It dates from the middle of the 19th century when the railway arrived and was built as a holiday resort.  Much of the architecture dates from this time and is of a style that is true to its time. We prefer to stop and eat oysters in Gujan Mestras, an authentic fishing village, a little closer to Bordeaux, see right.  Much quieter and no climbing is required!  
Les Vendangeurs -  The Grape Pickers’ Cottage  
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